6 months after tragedy struck Life Care of Kirkland, polarized views remain of its handling of COVID-19
6 months after tragedy struck Life Care of Kirkland, polarized views remain of its handling of COVID-19

SEATTLE — Jean LeBouttier, 94 years old and unable to walk on her own, wants to buy a car — maybe that Chrysler she saw in the parking lot — and then get fish and chips, and then go swim in the ocean.“When can we go?” she asks her daughter. “Can we go now?”“Soon, mom,” Laurie Callahan says to her mother. With her mother’s dementia, it’s easier to let her dream. “We’ll go soon, when this is all over and goes away.”Sitting 6 feet from her daughter and son-in-law, LeBouttier’s attention shifts, and she looks up at the tall trees that line the sidewalk outside Life Care Center of Kirkland. She has…

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